Pierre Soulages, Peinture 162 X 130 cm, 14 Avril 1962.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Pierre Soulages, Peinture 162 X 130 cm, 14 Avril 1962.

The upcoming Sotheby’s France Contemporary Art sale will pay tribute to the Parisian masters of abstraction.

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 162 X 130 cm, 14 Avril 1962.

The upcoming Sotheby’s France Contemporary Art sale will pay tribute to the Parisian masters of abstraction whose international renown is today supported by ever-increasing prices for their works. Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki, Jean Dubuffet, Nicolas de Staël and Simon Hantaï are all artists that Sotheby’s France has helped to establish in the Contemporary Art auction market internationally. 

The sale will be led by a major canvas executed by Pierre Soulages in the early 1960s. Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 14 Avril 1962 perfectly illustrates Soulages incredible creative energy and mastery of volume, space and light. Experimenting with blue, like in Peinture 195 x 130 cm, 21 novembre 1959, which reached a world record price at the Sotheby’s auction in London in June 2013 ($6,651,081), the artist links colour and matter in an innovative gesture. As Soulages says himself, “the more limited the means, the stronger the expression.”

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 162 X 130 cm, 14 Avril 1962. Estimate €2,000,000–3,000,000.

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